The Neighbors: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

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Season 1
The Neighbors

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The Neighbors earns the occasional chuckle, but it's a formulaic sitcom with a thin, stale premise.

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Critic Ratings: 36

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User Ratings: 22

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Air date: Sep 26, 2012

A sitcom about a family who move to a gated community in suburban New Jersey where the residents are extraterrestrials from the planet Zabvron. In the premiere, the Weavers are hesitant to stay, but decide to remain when they bond over universal issues such as marital problems and parenting dilemmas.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2012

The Weavers take their new alien friends, the Bird-Kersees, to the mall for back-to-school clothes after persuading them to let their kids get an education outside Hidden Hills. Meanwhile, Debbie and Jackie suspect each other of being dishonest.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2012

Marty and Debbie try to keep Larry and Jackie at a distance so they can spend time with their human friends, but that doesn't stop the Zabvronians from crashing Marty's poker night or Debbie's girls' night out.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2012

Marty and Debbie help Larry and Jackie's kids, Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson, get ready for their first day at school with humans. But when an antibullying tactic goes awry, the Bird-Kersees grow frustrated with their neighbors' parenting advice.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2012

The Weavers look forward to their first Halloween in the suburbs, but first have to sell the idea of trick-or-treating to the Zabvronians, who have always viewed the holiday with suspicion. Meanwhile, the Weaver children are skeptical of their parents' costume plans.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2012

The Bird-Kersees learn more about humans when Jackie helps Debbie plan a birthday party for her daughter Abby, and Larry sees first-hand what Marty does at work. Meanwhile, Reggie Jackson searches for a gift for Amber.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2012

The Zabvronian mating season coincides with Debbie and Marty's wedding anniversary, and Debbie and Jackie are intrigued by, respectively, alien and human expressions of love. Meanwhile, Amber is invited to a party by a handsome boy, and Reggie Jackson tags along.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2012

Debbie invites the Bird-Kersees for the Weavers' first Thanksgiving in Hidden Hills, but first must persuade Marty to discourage his mom and dad from coming—a task that proves too difficult for Marty to accomplish in the face of parental pressure. Meanwhile, Dick arranges for his mother's estranged sisters, Serena and Venus, to attend after learning what the holiday is all about.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2012

Debbie and Marty ask the Bird-Kersees to hide the Christmas presents they bought for Amber, Max and Abby, but decide to return the gifts and purchase a family vacation instead after hearing the Weaver kids' off-putting attitude toward the holiday. But there's one problem: Larry Bird opened one of the packages, and the other aliens followed suit, leaving the Weavers with no presents or money for the trip.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2012

Debbie and Marty explain the concept of death to the aliens after the Hidden Hills' longtime gardener dies, but Larry Bird isn't quite ready to accept it.

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In the first series, Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito), his wife, Debbie (Jami Gertz), and their kids (Clara Mamet, Max Charles and Isabella Cramp) move from a crowded urban area to a gated community in suburban New Jersey—where the residents are extraterrestrials from the planet Zabvron. The Zabvronians, who have taken the names of famous athletes as cover, are led by the husband-and-wife duo of Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), who live next door to the Weavers with their sons, Dick Butkus (Ian Patrick) and Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo). Initially wary of each other's customs and lifestyles, the Weavers and the Zabvronians eventually discover that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the universe, because marital and parenting problems are the same everywhere.

Cast

Jami Gertz
as Debbie Weaver
Lenny Venito
as Marty Weaver
Simon Templeman
as Larry Bird
Toks Olagundoye
as Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Clara Mamet
as Amber Weaver
Tim Jo
as Reggie Jackson
Max Charles
as Max Weaver
Isabella Cramp
as Abby Weaver
Katherine Tokarz
as Mary Lou Retton
Patrick O'Sullivan
as Johnny Unitas
Alden Villaverde
as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kiersten Lyons
as Billie Jean King
Nick Eldredge
as High Pants Alien
Stacy Keach
as Dominick
Karan Soni
as Indian Alien
Patrick Cassidy
as Mr. Easterling
Meagen Fay
as Principal
Richard Riehle
as Janitor Raymond
Sandra Bernhard
as Mr. Porsche
Mitch Rouse
as Real Estate Agent
Maribeth Monroe
as Rebecca Hill
George Takei
as Grandfather
Bruce Green
as Angry Man
Mark Hamill
as Commandant Bill
Christine Kellogg
as Club Member
Debra Mooney
as Theresa
Kerry Carney
as Elizabeth
Dustin Fasching
as Young Dominick
Cade Sutton
as Little Marty
Mary K. DeVault
as Angry Woman
Skyler Vallo
as Cheerleader
Connor Rosen
as Redhead Kid
Carla Renata
as Serena Williams
Laura Dash
as Man/Woman Alien
Leslie Jordan
as Venus Williams
Justene Alpert
as Impressed Girl
Billy Malone
as Greg Louganis
Elizabeth Tripp
as Type-A Third Grader
Kevin High
as DMV Tester
Joseph Buttler
as Moderator
Ashley Olds
as The Hot Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Neighbors Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (21)

The daffy details - like those sports-star names and the golf togs the Zabvronians all wear - and the actors' knack for expressing exasperated confusion have set me giggling every episode.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…
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The joke is already showing signs of wearing thin by the end of the first episode. Land Shark, anybody?

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

For a five-minute sketch while nodding into Sunday morning? Maybe. For a weekly half-hour in prime time? Nope.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

Here's the rub. What's the goal of this show? Is it satire? Spoof? Making a serious point? Or just being silly? I couldn't tell you.

Sep 26, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The Neighbors gets a passing grade.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But this latest aliens-meet-earthlings sitcom is just too dopily executed for any long-term stay on this planet. Perhaps it could be a hit on Uranus, though.

Sep 26, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

If there's ever been a show so bland it nearly became offensive, The Neighbors perfectly fits the bill: mindless, pointless, and guaranteed to be cancelled within four episodes.

Feb 20, 2020 | Rating: F | Full Review…

All of these characters have been driven into the ground in countless other sitcoms and, if possible, some of them might even be more vapid and annoying in The Neighbors.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Honestly, this show could be a lot worse.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

If you value your time, you'll change the channel after Modern Family.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

The whole thing is ridiculous.

Sep 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

Cheerfully ridiculous and unapologetically moronic.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Neighbors: Season 1

  • Dec 19, 2019
    Beforehand, I didn't think I liked the leads Venito & Gertz, ... but they were fairly perfect for the characters they played, and I warmed up to them over time. But I fell in love almost instantly with supporting leads Templeman & Olagundoye, who put in some of the most entertaining character acting I've ever seen. Templeman is wonderfully quirky, and Olagundoye makes "adorably perky" somehow Very attractive. Yes, the premise can get a little pat, but the scripts take that cheese as a given, and then see how much fun they can have with it (which is: a lot). This series is one of those instances where critics & fans deeply disagree not because a hard-core group of pre-existing fans rally (this series had no pre-existing fans), nor because it pandered to some narrow demographic. No, this was one the critics just got wrong. But I get why. The show shouldn't be so much fun. But it is. Above all, because of the surprising appeal of Templeman & Olagundoye. So, if you watch just one show, and you get distracted from the Templeman & Olagundoye moments of glory -- say, due to jotting down some brilliant critics' reference to "My Favorite Martian" -- then you might miss the crack cocaine that brings the regular audience back. (4 stars because the rest of the show -- outside Templeman & Olagundoye -- mostly only tags along gamely.)
  • Apr 12, 2019
    Since childhood, this has been one of my favorite series... so funny.
  • Sep 22, 2015
    The Neighbors begins its run by introducing its cast and premise in a fairly unoriginal manner, though the latter in itself is done in a way that bypasses the typical alien-next-door affair and makes something that is consciously unorthodox but quite average in general. The characters are great but they don't particularly shine due to the situations they're put it in, which include cliches such as holiday and school events.

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